I have been listening to an open course by Yale Professor of History, Dr. Paul Freedman on the early middle ages.
This morning, he was discussing St. Augustine's Confessions and the various heresies that sprung up during the middle ages. Docentism, Arianism, Nestorianism....I found particularly interesting his discussion of the Gnostic beliefs about the Old testament Jehovah. What was He, anyway?
Which brings me to a new T.V. show, entitled "Lucifer". Wikipedia says, "The series focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, "who is bored and unhappy as
the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the
beauty of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals."
Here's Father Z's take:
Priests and bishops who don’t teach about Hell will probably wind up there.
It is the job of every bishop and priest to keep as many of you as possible out of Hell.
As I have noted before, the greatest accomplishment of the Enemy of
our souls is to deceive people that the Enemy doesn’t exist … that there
is no Hell … that people can’t go to Hell … that no one is in Hell, …
that evil is somehow a necessary component of existence… blah blah blah.
The Devil exists. Fallen angels re real, personal beings. There is nothing cute about the Enemy.
Fallen angels hate you with a malice no human can imagine. They have
an intellect that surpasses our mere human faculties in a way that we
can’t fathom. They never tire. They are relentless. They are real.
If you don’t believe in the existence of malicious fallen angels, you
are in serious risk of joining them in Hell. This is no joke.
The Devil and the fallen angels hate you.
They have angelic abilities. They never sleep, never tire, are never
distracted, have no need to travel from point a to b, and they never miss what you are up to.